Finding a happy medium between competitive running and a full-time job is certainly not easy, but Louie Luchini appears to have it down to a science.
And Luchini’s job is not an easy one, as the Ellsworth native is serving in the state’s House of Representatives in Augusta, representing District 38, which includes Ellsworth, Otis and Trenton.
“I spend so much time sitting, whether its in committee or in the chamber,” Luchini said. “That’s the big thing, you get really tight all the time and you just have to sneak your runs in when you can.”
Luchini has not only found the time to squeeze his runs in but is doing it successfully. He won two of the state’s biggest road races this month, the Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K and the Sugarloaf 15K.
Luchini’s triumph at Sugarloaf, in which he covered the 9.3 miles in 46 minutes, 17 seconds, was all the more impressive considering the work load he had in Augusta last week and that he ran in, and won, the Yesterday’s Children 5-mile race in Ellsworth on Saturday.
“This was a really busy week, because we had the whole health care debate that led to some later nights,” he said.
Working in an office for the first time, Luchini has also had to resist some unhealthy temptations.
“The other hard thing is there’s always donuts and muffins and whatever, so it’s hard not to gain weight,” he said.
Luchini’s duties are typically limited to Monday through Friday, which allows him to get to races on the weekends.
“That’s the nice thing is I’ve been able to get out on the weekends and do a lot of my running on the weekends,” he said.
Although, Luchini has found a niche for himself in longer races over the last couple of years, he is taking some downtime from events such as marathons and half marathons. But that has helped his agility to some degree.
“I haven’t put much mileage in, and I think it’s actually helping me,” he said.
Oftentimes due to his schedule, Luchini will have to slip his runs in at odd hours during the week.
“I can’t sneak it in at lunch because there’s not enough time to run and change and shower and everything else, so I usually go in the morning and try to sneak one in at night if I can,” he said.
With another busy slate on the horizon for the next few weeks, Luchini said he’s not making any racing plans for the immediate future.
“We’re going to finish up our committee work, spending a lot of time with committee, public hearings and things like that, which is where you spend a lot of times sitting and listening,” he explained. “The next four, five weeks are going to be really tough.”
<span>O’Brien earns MAC honors</span>
Cumberland native Becky O’Brien, a junior at the University at Buffalo, was named the outstanding field event performer in the Mid-American Conference track and field championships over the weekend.
O’Brien set conference and school records by winning the shot put with a toss of 56 feet, 6 inches and broke those same marks in the discus with a heave of 193-8.
Those marks have O’Brien ranked eighth among NCAA Division I shot putters and second among her peers in the discus.
O’Brien’s efforts helped lead the Bulls to a fifth-place team finish in the 12-school competition, with Kent State claiming the team title.
O’Brien will next compete at the NCAA East Regional championships, set for May 26-28 at the University of Indiana.